Gaza, ALRAY - Three Palestinians held in Ofer prison have been on hunger strike for two days in protest of administrative detention, a human rights society reported on Sunday.
Director of the Legal Unit at the Prisoner’ Club society Jawad Boulos identified in a press statement the hunger strikers as Ayman Tubeisheh Arif Harbiyat, and Ahmed Abu Ras.
Boulos expected the number of detainees on hunger strike to increase “given the Israeli intransigence on keeping them under custody without charge or trial, and the deteriorating health of five prisoners on hunger strike at Israeli civilian hospitals,”
The society named the hunger-striking detainees as Muammar Banat, Waheed Abu Maria, Akram al-Fusaisi, Ameer Shammas, and Kefah Hattab.
The legal officer quoted the three detainees as saying that they appreciate all supporting bodies of ther cause, but feel the popular campaigning is still less than expected, which leaves an adverse impact on their morale.
Administrative detention is a procedure which allows Israeli authorities to hold detainees indefinitely on secret information without trial or charge.
5,200 Palestinians are held in Israeli jails, according to recent Palestinian official figures.